Our program of Industry Short Courses is designed specifically for companies and individuals operating in the commercial HVAC industry.

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Maintain control systems

This unit of competency sets out the knowledge and skills required to operate and maintain heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) control devices and systems within a framework of achieving energy efficiencies and meeting sustainable energy targets.

This includes:

  • Operating and maintaining hardware and software,
  • Tuning system performance and,
  • Interpreting and updating control diagrams
  • Interpreting control system specifications
  • Knowledge and compliance with workplaces safety requirements.


Students who successfully complete this course will receive a Statement of Attainment from Box Hill Institute for Maintain control systems (VU20873). 

Completion of this unit can also be used as an elective unit for the Course in Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning Services (22329VIC).

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Prepare to test, tune and maintain control systems.
  • Operate HVAC control hardware and software systems
  • Tune HVAC control and software systems
  • Maintain HVAC system and manage energy consumption 
  • Finalise HVAC operating and maintenance activities

Target audience

Learner background

This unit is suitable for refrigeration and air conditioning technicians responsible for installing, commissioning, servicing, repairing and maintaining residential or commercial refrigeration and air conditioning systems containing A2/A2L classified flammable refrigerants. These activities are likely to be undertaken without supervision.


A person undertaking this unit shall have:

  • A trade level qualification or equivalent experience
  • A refrigerant handling licence issued by the Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC)
  • A Victorian plumbing registration issued by the Victorian Building Authority in the class of Refrigerated Air Conditioning.

Delivery and assessment

This two-day course is delivered by a qualified trainer at the Refrigeration and Climate Control Centre of Excellence, Box Hill Institute. 

 Day      Content   Delivery   Assessment 
 1  Theory and knowledge       Online or classroom   Online examination
 2  Practical  Delivered in person at BHI       Practical assessment 

Course content

The essential skills and knowledge covered in this unit include:


  • Follow workplace safety requirements
  • Read and understand schematic drawings and description of operation
  • Use tools and equipment
  • Upgrade and/or replace hardware
  • Install and use building automation and control software
  • Tune HVAC systems to achieve optimal operation
  • Update trend logs
  • Maintain control system
  • Employ energy management strategies


  • Types of controls including stand alone, pneumatic, DOC, building management systems, local controls
  • Purpose of HVAC control systems
  • Safety precautions specific to HVAC systems and devices
  • Features and operation HVAC control hardware and software
  • Major HVAC plant and equipment, field controllers and devices
  • Third Party equipment and interfaces such as fire systems, water treatment equipment; people counters; security; lighting
  • Different types of data communication systems used in control systems

Cost and payment

Course fees

This course is offered by Box Hill Institute at the industry rate of $440.

Refund and cancellation policy

This course is subject to the Terms and Conditions offered by Box Hill Institute of TAFE. 

Course calendar

This full day course is offered six times throughout 2021.

 Day 1 - Theory       Day 2 - Practical     
 4 March  14 March
 13 May  21 May
 27 May  28 May
 9 September  10 September
 7 October  8 October 
 18 November  19 November

How to register

Registrations can be made by phone or email by contacting Box Hill Refrigeration Department.

  • P: 03 9286 9295
Refrigeration and Climate Control Centre Box Hill Institute Building 7, 465 Elgar Road BOX HILL 3128 AUSTRALIA
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Terms and Conditions

Cancellation Policy

The AMCA reserve the right to cancel, postpone or reschedule events and training courses due to insufficient interest or other reasons beyond our control. In the instance that events or training courses are cancelled, a full refund will be given.

Refund Policy

A full refund will be given if the AMCA is notified in writing a minimum of 4 business days prior to the course commencement date. A 50% administration charge will be incurred if the AMCA is notified within 3 business days or less. No refund will be given if the AMCA is not notified of cancellation.